DOLE sus­pends Han­jin sub­con­trac­tor af­ter mishap

The Philippine Star - - NATION - – Mayen Jay­ma­lin, Be­bot Si­son

The Depart­ment of La­bor and Em­ploy­ment (DOLE) sus­pended the op­er­a­tions of a ship­yard at the Su­bic Bay Freeport fol­low­ing an ac­ci­dent over the week­end.

The DOLE Cen­tral Lu­zon of­fice is­sued a work stop­page or­der to Binic­ti­can I-Tech Corp., a sub­con­trac­tor of Han­jin Heavy In­dus­tries Corp. Philip­pines.

A worker died and three oth­ers were se­ri­ously in­jured when they fell from a scaf­fold­ing.

Tech­ni­cal safety in­spec­tors said the scaf­fold­ing could have tilted due to the con­cen­trated weight of the work­ers, raw ma­te­ri­als and equip­ment. The bolt of the scaf­fold­ing’s bracket was also found sheared.

“Clearly, there was an un­safe work­ing con­di­tion be­cause of an over­load of work­ers and their equip­ment on the scaf­fold­ing... Un­safe acts were also ob­served be­cause of work­ers’ fail­ure to use safety har­ness,” DOLE-Cen­tral Lu­zon di­rec­tor Ma. Ze­naida Campita said.

Campita said the sub­con­trac­tor also failed to implement and mon­i­tor safety pro­ce­dures.

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